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Cubs sign veteran righty Jackson

Edwin Jackson has chosen the Chicago Cubs over the Cleveland Indians, with a source confirming he has agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, which is pending a physical. It does not include a no-trade clause, as some initial reports said it did.

Jackson’s signing – first reported by Patrick Mooney of – follows an agreement earlier Thursday with free-agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva on a 2-year, $10 million contract.

If the deals with Jackson and Villanueva go through, the Cubs will have seven experienced starting pitchers under control for 2012. They signed free agents Scott Baker and Scott Feldman to one-year contracts in November, adding them to a staff including holdovers Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood.

Orioles sign former Cub Greenberg

Former Cubs prospect Adam Greenberg, who was hit in the head by a pitch in his first big-league plate appearance, has signed a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles. It does not include an invitation to spring training.

The Miami Marlins signed the outfielder for 1 day last September, and he struck out on three pitches against R.A. Dickey, who led the NL with 230 strikeouts.

Greenberg was out of baseball last season after spending 2011 in the independent Atlantic League. He'll be 32 next season and has a career .263 average in the minors.


Colts expect Pagano to return Monday

According to an Indianapolis Star report, Colts players and coaches are expecting head coach Chuck Pagano to be back in the office and running the team Monday after undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Pagano, who was diagnosed Sept. 26, is in remission after three rounds of chemotherapy and has spent the last three weeks regaining his strength and stamina. The Colts play the Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City.


Games cancelled through Jan. 14

The NHL lockout has now resulted in more than half of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule being cancelled after the league axed games through Jan. 14 on Thursday.

This round of cancellations cost the Chicago Blackhawks another eight games for a total 43. In all, 625 regular-season NHL games – 50.8 percent of the season – were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Jan. 14.


NCAA to suspend Texas G Kabongo

The NCAA will suspend Texas guard Myck Kabongo for the rest of the season as a result of an investigation into whether he received impermissible benefits benefits from agent Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James and other NBA players.


New York City Marathon registrants offered refund

The New York City Marathon has offered refunds to those who paid to run in the 2012 race, which was canceled due to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The storm made landfall on October 29, six days before the race, killing about 43 people in New York City and devastating several neighborhoods.

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